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Landscape & Garden Design

Earn a certificate in Landscape & Garden Design and learn to apply basic techniques for designing aesthetically pleasing, environmentally responsible landscapes.

Native Woody Plants and Their Uses in the Landscape

Dates: Monday, Sept. 8 and 29; Oct. 20
Time: 7 - 9 p.m.
Instructor: Joshua Beblo
Objective: To be able to identify the characteristics, needs and landscape uses of a variety of native woody plants
Level: N/A
Prerequisites: Ecology and Conservation Concepts for Landscape Design suggested but not required
Fee: $ 66 members; $96 non-members
Location: Phipps Garden Center in Mellon Park

Students in this course will gain proficiency in identifying characteristics of native woody plants by surveying taxonomic features such as growth habits, size, flowering sequence and cultural requirements. Along with acquiring knowledge of these attributes, students will also learn the importance of site placement in creating ecologically informed landscape designs.

This class is currently in progress. Please call 412/441-4442 or e-mail with questions.

Native Plant Landscapes core course, and Sustainable Horticulture and Landscape and Garden Design Certificate elective; PCH 6.0 | LA CES 6.0

Ecology and the Designed Landscape

Dates: Tuesday, Oct. 7, 14 and 21 | Field Trip: Saturday, Oct. 11
Time: 7 - 9 p.m.; Field Trip 10 a.m. - noon
Instructor: Linda Kramer and John Totten
Objective: To be able to apply the basic concepts of plant ecology and local plant communities to the designed landscape
Level: N/A
Prerequisites: None
Fee: $ 88 members; $128 non-members
Location: Phipps Garden Center in Mellon Park

(Formerly known as Ecology and Conservation Concepts for Landscape Design)

The fields of ecology and landscape architecture grew up together in the late 19th century. Their close alliance was nearly lost in the mid-20th century but has since been rediscovered as interest in ecological landscape design and sustainability has grown. Students in this course will explore the basics of plant ecology and the plant communities of western Pennsylvania and then learn to apply these ideas to the designed landscape. A field trip to a new plant community based landscape will help students see how these principles can be applied.

This class is now filled. Please call 412/441-4442 ext. 3925 or e-mail with questions or to be placed on the waiting list.

Native Plant Landscapes Certificate core course, and Sustainable Horticulture and Landscape and Garden Design Certificate elective; PCH 8.0 | LA CES 8.0